Mentoring Triple Bronze Medallist Paralympic Swimmer

MenteeIt has been a busy few months with a lot happening! One new endeavour that stands out, however, is my first face-to-face meeting with my new mentee, Susie Rodgers. Susie is an multi-award winning athlete who won triple bronze for the GB paralympic swimming team at London 2012 and is looking to develop her career in the nonprofit sector.


As a member of the International Woman’s Forum, I am proud to be mentoring Susie as part of EY’s Women Athletes Business Network 2016 mentoring programme. This programme helps elite athletes transition from a career in sport to other professional careers.


I look forward to offering Susie support and guidance over the coming year to help her reach her goals.

A Fresh Prespective for the Board

British Lung Foundation logo On Tuesday 24th November I was invited to speak to the Board of the British Lung Foundation, a charity that funds vital research to save and improve the lives of people with lung disease.

At their ‘away day’ in London, we spoke about the importance of good governance and the vital role they have as trustees in upholding the organisation’s vision and embedding good governance across the organisation.

As an objective outsider I enjoy adding a fresh perspective and giving insight into different approaches that organisations can take to model their values, enhance their performance and deliver the mission.


New Chair Role for Swanswell


Last month I was delighted to be appointed as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees at Swanswell, a national charity that aims to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use.


I look forward to helping the Board of Trustees shape their strategy. Swanswell is a vibrant organisation that has exciting plans for the future. It is a real honour for me to have this opportunity to work with them to develop those plans and to bring them to fruition.


Swanswell’s Chief Executive Debbie Bannigan said; ‘I’m pleased to welcome Alice Maynard to Swanswell as our new Chair. Alice brings a wealth of experience to the table which I know will help us achieve our aim of a society free from problem alcohol and drug misuse.’


To find out more about Swansell’s work click here.

Who’s advising the government on human genetics?

Since May 2014 when the ESBAC (the Human Genetics Commission’s replacement) disbanded, there has been no independent body advising or holding the government to account.


I believe this is a mistake. I think that the government needs ethical advice about new developments in genetics. The implications are too far reaching for us as individuals and for society as a whole. We need an independent forum that includes those who work in the field and those who don’t, to help ensure we balance the risks and rewards. This is how sound decisions will be made in shaping our future.


My commentary in BioNews explored this subject further. Read the full article here. Bionews is published by the Progress Educational Trust and provides news, comment and reviews on genetics, assisted conception, embryo/stem cell research and related areas.


Rethinking an inclusive approach

Revitalise LogoOn the 24 March I was delighted to be able to facilitate a Board Strategy session for Revitalise. Revitalise is an established national charity that provides short breaks and holidays for disabled people and carers.

The board session was lively and provided a useful opportunity for board members to discuss and think through what makes for an inclusive Revitalise offering; what does inclusion really mean in the context of their vision, mission and values?

For me, it was rewarding seeing board members enthusiastically sharing ideas about how they could deliver more inclusive services in order to enhance the great work Revitalise does. I’m looking forward to hearing how their thinking develops in future.


The Accountability of Finance Directors

‘Finance Directors wear many different hats and are often drivers for change. They also play an important role in accountability and transparency.’  CFG

This was my brief at last week’s CFG Annual Conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster.  I was delighted to be able share my perspective on what I would expect from Finance professionals as Chair of a Board.

I and my co-presenters enjoyed a lively debate with the audience on the accountability of finance professionals in the charity sector in our morning workshop.